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  • James LaBarre

    Has ANYONE (other than me) brought up the issue of the display incompatibility to the VirtualBox folks? 

    Here is a good case for alternative extension packages.  The er software is designed to handle multiple extension kits, but it seems if it's not part of the Oracle-approved package, it will never be incorporated.  Much like the rest of VBox; if Oracle doesn't want it, it never gets done.

    Although at this point (especially as my day job centers around Openstack) I'll start migrating all my VMs over to KVM/QEMU anyway (I never run VMs on the rare occasions I'm booted to MSWin).  So does this OVA work with KVM?  (it will be a few days before I'm back home and can try it out again).

     

  • Forrest Smith

    We use qemu/kvm for almost all of our internal VM uses when developing and testing. CloudReady's compatible, but I am unsure whether the OVA file linked here will work there. Please post back here if you try it that and it works.

  • Rommel Rivera

    Thank you for posting the new OVA, Forrest.  I still can't get a higher resolution in VMware WS 14.  No big deal.  Your CloudReady VM is still a great resource to have in lieu of a Chromebook.  Thank you for making this product available to us!

  • Peter Fales

    Ditto here.  I was able to update my 66.3 VM to 66.4, but it still does not allow for any changes in screen resolution.   (VMware Workstation 14 Player)

     

  • Pedram Khoshdani

    I couldn't also solve the problem with screen resolution, but as an alternative, I am using "Chrome Remote Desktop" App which needs to be installed on both Host's and Guest's Chrome browser.

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-remote-desktop/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp?hl=en

    Another problem is SSH. I can't find a way to connect to the Chrome OS using SSH. The port is closed and I can't open it. I tried the following command to open it with no success:

    iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

    can someone please help me out?

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Pedram,

     

    Sorry to hear the display resizing isn't helping - we're not sure exactly what's wrong there, but hopefully it can repaired some time in the future.

     

    The SSH access situation should be something you can resolve pretty easily on a boot-by-boot basis:

    From a shell, just run:

    sudo start openssh-server

    That will start the service, which is off by default for security reason.

     

    You'll need run that again each time you need it. Do you want SSH enabled 100% of the time? This is not something we'd recommend for security reasons, but it may be possible to configure.

  • Esteban Quito

    Install and update went fine and fast but cannot change screen resolution.

    FYI: the title of this thread has a huge typo "CoudReady"

  • Pedram Khoshdani

    Hi Forrest,

    thanks for the SSH solution, however, I also managed to start it using the following guide (Note: read the comments underneath it to help you figure out how to do it correctly):

    https://www.dereckson.be/blog/2015/01/15/chromebook-run-a-ssh-server-on-chrome-os/

    What is the username and password to connect to the terminal from Putty using SSH?

  • Forrest Smith

    Esteban: thanks for the catch. How embarrassing!

     

    Pedram: the standard user for Chromium OS is "chronos", but there's no password set by default. 

    I'm not sure how this will impact SSH - you may be able to SSH in without issue, but you might find you need to set a password:

    https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/227524827-Securing-your-CloudReady-device

  • Pedram Khoshdani

    When I try to use your link to set a password, it says "mount: cannot remount /dev/dm-0 read-write, is write-protected" in response to "sudo mount -o remount,rw /"

    However, I can change the root password using: "sudo chromeos-setdevpasswd", but still no success with SSH.

    With the last version (cloudready-free-64bit-59.3.37) I could connect using SSH using:

    username: chronos

    password: test0000

    but once it is updated using google chrome, I could no longer connect via SSH.

  • Forrest Smith

    Sorry for the confusion - 

    We've updated the file system to be more secure, so before making any changes to the root file system, including that command to remount that failed for you, you need to disable rootFS verification as described here:

    https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001343908-Disabling-RootFS-Verification

     

    I've updated the password-article to reflect this as well. Thanks for your feedback noticing the missing info.

     

    The password changed from v59 to be un-set by default as "test0000" is a default password for the Chromium project and not reflective of any actual security measure.

  • Steve Ringley

    When I run the Home OVA with Fusion 10.1.2 I get prompted to upgrade virtual hardware from version 11 to version 14.  Is that doable with these images?

  • Brian Frye

    Trying to import this OVA into ESXI 6.5U1 and getting an unable to deploy nvram could not be found ... I believe this is an error when exporting VM's with vHW13.

     

    Any chance you can re-export with vHW11?

  • Forrest Smith

    Steve - not sure what the process would be to upgrade the virtual hardware. If it's something you can do after setting up your VM, you should try it and report back. It might be worth ignoring that notice though, if you aren't seeing issues.

     

    Brian - We're planning to make revisions or multiple versions of these VMs - they're for quick tests and are aimed at filling a need for some users without adding a support/development burden for our (small) team. I'm sure you can understand that we need to keep our focus on the hardware we officially support.

    Hopefully you can use VMware Player/Workstation/Fusion if ESXI isn't working for you.

  • Lukas Bischof

    I have setup CloudReady via KVM/virt-manager with the original image, not with the OVA file.

     

    The display issue is also present in a KVM setup. So, there is still no solution out there?

  • James LaBarre

    So if the CloudReady VM fails under KVM as well (which was my experience also), I guess it's STILL not usable.  My systems run either VirtualBox (my own home systems) or KVM (work on KVM and OpenStack in my regular job).  I am not going to start messing up my home computer by trying to load some VMware virtualization on top of VBox, only to find the likely scenario it will fubar my system (and obviously I won't be installing it on my work computer).

    Seriously, if there is a problem with the display tech which prevents it from working with VBox, have you even *****TRIED***** to work out the issues with the VBox team?  Or ate you going to sit there, squeezing your eyes closed and wishing for the problem to go away?

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi James,

    Sounds like you're very frustrated - sorry about that.

     

    Virtualbox has multiple graphics issues, but in particular does not support Chromium's "freon" graphics stack which replaced X11 over a year ago. The issue has definitely been reported to them multiple times - Google started retiring X11 2 years ago.

    Oracle's team is in no hurry to make any major revisions to graphics in VBox, but there's definitely awareness of the to address this issue. My (limited) understanding is that VBox doesn't support DRM graphics that freon uses. You can see some related work being done here:

    https://patchwork.kernel.org/project/dri-devel/list/?submitter=582

    by a Redhat contributor; there are many dozens of open issues still not addressed.

     

    We can't reasonably change the entire OS's graphics stack just to accommodate Virtualbox, and we don't have a large enough team to maintain a fork of CloudReady that is specially altered for VirtualBox support.

     

    So, hopefully you understand, our hands are tied. We put a lot of engineering time into getting VMware host applications working, since it was within our control - if Virtualbox gets to the same stage, you can trust we will prioritize it. 

  • James LaBarre

    But my point being, if KVM also fails (which I could run in a VM on my work laptop, since it already has KVM/QEMU set up) then I have no way of testing it out.  I have considered dumping VBox for home and just going with KVM; one reason I had still used VBox was to ket me run the same images under MSWin as well as Linux, but these days I'm only booting MSWin to troubleshoot something for family or friends.

    For that matter, I don't know why there haven't been alternative "extension packs" made, considering the spec supports it.  Probably due to Oracle having their fingers in the project.

  • Forrest Smith

    QEMU/KVM works - that's what our engineering team uses internally.

    You'll probably need to jump through some hoops to get it going (which are beyond my knowledge), but there's nothing that prevents it in principal.

  • Jean Carass

    Hello,

    what are the commands through which I can increase the size of the virtual disk and expand the ChromeOS partition ?

    Regards

     

  • Soliman Aljasser

    CloudReady was deployed on ESXi 6.5 with one major issue.

    If VM console accessed via ESXi web client, mouse pointer does not work.  If VMware Remote Console used, it works without issues.

    Any idea if any KB we can refer to or obtain some sort of details how to fix the access via the web client?

  • Daniel Wojtaszek

    I tried importing the .ova file into virtualbox v5.2.18 and got the following error:

    Failed to import appliance /home/gythaogg/virtual-machine/CloudReady-Home-v66.4-x64.ova.

    Could not create the imported medium '/home/gythaogg/VirtualBox VMs/vm/CloudReady_Home_v66.4_x64-disk1.vmdk' (VERR_VD_VMDK_INVALID_FORMAT).

    Result Code: VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80BB0004)
    Component: ApplianceWrap
    Interface: IAppliance {8398f026-4add-4474-5bc3-2f9f2140b23e}
  • Wai Loon Ho

    May I know can this install in Hyper-V under Windows 10?

  • Peter Passchier

    I got exactly the same error as @Daniel Wojtaszek with the same .ova, but on 5.1.38-122592~Ubuntu~bionic.

  • Peter Fales

    I'm also having trouble with the latest download.  Attempting to open the .ova file (with VMware Player 15) givesi "Unknown error, please try again. If the problem persists, please contact VMware Technical Support and provide /tmp/vmware-psfales/ovftool.log"

    However, there is no file name ovtool.log

    I also tried extracting the .vmdk file and importing it a new machine directly, but that file cannot be read

     

  • Rahul

    I am also not able to change the screen resolution, using VMPlayer. Is the issue still there? 
    It's very difficult to use this image on a 4K screen without changing the screen resolution. Any suggestion? 

  • Lewis Desforges

    I'm also getting a VirtualBox error when trying to import the OVA. Could somebody help please?

     

    Failed to import appliance /Users/<redacted>/Downloads/CloudReady/CloudReady Home v66.4 x64.ovf.

    Could not create the imported medium '/Users/<redacted>/VirtualBox VMs/vm/CloudReady_Home_v66.4_x64-disk1.vmdk'(VERR_VD_VMDK_INVALID_FORMAT).

    Result Code: VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80BB0004)
    Component: ApplianceWrap
    Interface: IAppliance {8398f026-4add-4474-5bc3-2f9f2140b23e}

     

  • Forrest Smith

    Lewis,

     

    Please refer to this note at the bottom of article:

    CloudReady will not work with Virtualbox as a host-application due to graphics incompatibilities

    It looks like you're trying to import this file to use in Virtualbox - you'll need to instead use a VMware host. 

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